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Viswanathan Anand vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 7, Jan-19
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Jun-28-03  mdorothy: Pono-who?? Go Vishy!!
Jun-29-03  Larsker: I don't think black saw 29. Rg8+. Black decides not to take the rook. A nice position to think about.
Aug-08-03  mandar: why didn't P0N0 t00k R00k 0n g8 0n 29th m0ve
Aug-08-03  Sylvester: <why didn't P0N0 t00k R00k 0n g8 0n 29th m0ve> Because he is a patzer!
Aug-08-03  ughaibu: Mandar: Ne7 wins back the rook and black has no more chances to complicate.
Sep-06-03  skakmiv: <Because he is a patzer!> So you are saying that you could beat Pono?
Feb-08-04  apple head: well if 29. Kxg8 N7f6+ Kg7 Ra7+ Kg6 Rxh7 1-0
Mar-24-04  syamanta saikia: Vishy is simply awesome
Jun-19-11  M.D. Wilson: Korchnoi would try Bd2+, just because!
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  plang: 7..Nf6 offered White the opportunity to enter the Sveshnikov (by transposition) with 8 Bg5 but Anand declined. Earlier in the tournament Shirov had played the interesting 8 Nc4 against Ivanchuk and even though the game had been quickly drawn Anand decided to repeat it. Ivanchuk had played 9..Be7 which Anand had no doubt prepared something against but, instead, Ponomariov played the dubious 9..b4?! going after the pawn (no one has repeated this choice). 11..bxa? played into White's hands activating White's rook; 11..b3 was necessary though White would have had a strong position. After 13..Bd7? Black was already close to lost; 13..f5 would have been a tougher defense.

Nice effort by Anand but Ponomariov's opening was very poor.

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